ABC sacks Michelle Guthrie as Managing Director

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie who replaced Mark Scott

'Staff morale has never been so low, ' Faine said.

"The board felt in the end that her leadership style was not the style that we needed going forward", he said.

Melbourne radio host Jon Faine, who's been at the broadcast for almost 30 years and three months ago attacked Guthrie saying he was "sick of getting it ripped apart because of the failure of our managers" and being "done over" by the government, this morning launched another attack on the departed MD saying her tenure had been an "astonishing fail".

ABC News Breakfast presenter Michael Rowland today said a source close to the ABC board told him various senior executives were so unhappy with Ms Guthrie they were prepared to quit.

"In the first two years of my five year term, I have invested more in investigative journalism, more in regional journalism, more in innovative content and increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the ABC", she said.

Guthrie was announced as the new managing director in December 2015, and she began in the role in May 2016.

Earlier this year, he said Ms Guthrie "has been remarkably quiet and reluctant to engage in what she herself previously has described as megaphone campaigning".

The major question following the sacking of ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie is why?

Evening newsreader Juanita Phillips also weighed in on Twitter, saying: "Whoever the next MD is, they need a deep understanding of the history, goal and importance of an independent public broadcaster, and be ready to fight bare-knuckled to protect it".

Board chairman Justin Milne said the transition to a new leader could be disruptive but discussions had been under way for several months.

"It was their decision and their deliberations, I'm not privy to the deliberations".

She was also critical of the government's competitive neutrality inquiry into how the ABC and the SBS operate alongside their commercial counterparts.

- 'This seems like a great chance to bring in someone who will help the ABC become more fair and balanced.

According to a statement released by the ABC, the decision was made when the directors resolved that it was not in the best interests of the ABC for Ms Guthrie to continue to lead the organisation.

'I believe there is no justification for the board to trigger that termination clause.

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